Psoriasis Q&A: Going to the Salon with Scalp Psoriasis?

I’ve had scalp psoriasis for nearly 2 years now…and I haven’t been to a salon in all that time. I’m still learning to cope with my condition and the thought of showing it other people just freaks me out. I basically just cut my own hair which is not a big deal since it’s long and curly so I can get away with snipping off my split ends and no one is none the wiser. I’d be perfectly happy just giving myself haircuts except I’m really wanting to ombre my hair and I don’t want to attempt it myself. How do I go to the salon with my scalp condition? Are there special salons that treat people with scalp psoriasis?

One of the worst things about having scalp psoriasis – apart from having scalp psoriasis – is the shame that comes with it. Come to think, the shame is actually the worst thing. Because having scalp psoriasis is nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s a disease – one that affects 7.5 million in the US alone and 125 million people worldwide – not dirtiness.

So please remember that you have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.

That being said, you’re probably still hyper-aware that you have a scaly flakes on your head and feeling hesitant about showing this side of yourself to a relative stranger, especially if this is a hairdresser you’ve never been to before.

Unfortunately, there are no hairsalons (that we know of) that cater only to folks with psoriasis. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to make the experience of going to a salon of your choice as painless as possible.

Here goes…

Call ahead. Got a salon you want to go to? Just phone up and ask if any of their staff has experience with scalp psoriasis. Seriously, this can save you a world of unnecessary anxiety. Because psoriasis is actually pretty darn common, there are a lot of hairdressers who’ve seen it, know it, have it, are totally cool with it. Book one of these hairdressers.

Prepare your scalp. If you know that getting your scalp psoriasis under control is going to alleviate your self-consciousness – give your scalp a little TLC before heading off to the salon. You know it doesn’t flake as much when your scalp is moisturized, so take the extra step for your own comfort and peace of mind.

Be very clear about your needs. If heat bothers your scalp, let your hair stylist know before before he or she starts blow drying your hair. If there are certain hair products that irritate your scalp, make sure to inform your hair stylist about that as well.

Being crystal clear about what works – or doesn’t work – for you is a surefire way of making sure your visit to the hair salon gets you what you want and not a more irritated scalp.

And of course, remember that you have every right to be at a salon, getting the procedures that you want done. If someone is less than nice about it – they’ve just lost your business. Their ignorance says nothing about you and everything about them.

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